Jeremy Mende is an artist and designer. His work involves creating interpretive opportunities that indicate our connection to, and responsibility for, a collective society. It is an effort to define design as equal parts expression, criticism, intuition, and advocacy. In 2000 Mende founded MendeDesign, a creative practice that balances commercial projects with visual research and public art. The firm’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in several permanent collections, including that of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mende has been a member of the California College of the Arts design faculty since 2001, teaching classes in experimental typography, advanced visual design, critical theory, mythology, and design history. In 2010–11 he was the Rome Prize Fellow in design at the American Academy in Rome.